Thousands of people are dying of hunger. Yemen, South Sudan, and Northern Nigeria are the worst affected countries that face catastrophic levels of acute hunger. To avert famine and to meet the urgent food, the World Food Programme(WFP) needs the US $5.5 billion in 2021.
Famine- A Major Issue in 21st Century
Though climate change and Covid-19 are contributing to sharply increasing hunger numbers, conflict is the single biggest driver of hunger today. To avert famine, an end to the conflict is much necessary. Covid-19 has hit the worldwide economy harder, pushing millions into unemployment and poverty. The governments and donors are also left with less resources to meet the nutritional needs of those most vulnerable. Starvation is the biggest cause of death during the famine.
How WFP is Working to Tackle the Famine?
WFP, having six decades of experience, is working at the forefront of the global famine response. WFP has the operational scale to stop famine in its tracks and also steer people away from the edge of starvation. They have rolled out a Rapid Response Mechanism, with mobile response teams reaching hungry people in remote, isolated areas. Two years ago, WFP’s largest scale food assistance helped to avert famine in Yemen.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The UN Security Council must stretch their helping hands to stop the worse impacts of famine. The Council must enhance its efforts to end the conflict which is the main driver of acute hunger.
- All the communities must receive humanitarian assistance without any barrier so that the WFP can immediately support those who are most in need. The UN Council and the world leaders must arrange for $5.5 billion funding so that the WFP succeeds to avert famine with life-saving food and nutritional assistance.